[Guest post by DRJ]
Northwest Flight 253 bomber Uma Farouk Abdulmutallab reportedly spent 16 days in Houston in August 2008 where The Jawa Report says he attended a not-so-moderate Islamic conference:
“What a small world it is when it comes to domestic terror. CNN reported yesterday that NWA Flight 253 Undie-bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab attended the 16-day “Ilmfest” in Houston sponsored by the Al Maghrib Institute in August 2008 and two other Al Maghrib seminars in London before that (HT: JihadWatch). Al Maghrib trots out Yasir Qadhi to claim he’s shocked, SHOCKED! to see a terrorist associated with their organization (except, oops!, so was convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado; DiscoverTheNetworks has more on the Al Maghrib Institute “moderates”).
But we can report exclusively at the Jawa Report that Qadhi’s Houston-based Ilmquest was selling more than a dozen different CD sets by none other than Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as recently as last month. Ilmquest continued to hawk Awlaki’s wares even after the Ft. Hood massacre, but scrubbed any mention of Awlaki from their site as soon as he was connected to the Ft. Hood incident. Ah, but thanks to Google cache, they couldn’t hide all the evidence. A screenshot of Ilmquest’s Awlaki offerings is below the fold.
Yes, these fine moderate Muslims just happen to be selling CD sets of an Al-Qaeda cleric, and a would-be terrorist attends their events on two different continents and just happens to end up meeting that same Al-Qaeda cleric in Yemen. Will these random occurrences never stop!!!!????“
Amazingly, it gets worse. Guess who was a “featured speaker at the U.S. Counter-Radicalization Strategy conference organized by the National Counterterrorism Center” (NCTC) in the summer of 2008?
Furthermore, if part of the problem is the NCTC, let’s consider President Obama’s choice of John Brennan to investigate this “systemic failure.” Brennan will be reviewing the same watch-list system he helped design and the National Counterterrorism Center where he served as interim director.
MORE — CBS says the US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was a key player in the Abdulmutallab bomb plot:
“CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that intelligence sources say evidence shows Awlaki is now “a significant part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” and he has recently become “more of an operations guy.”
In the months before the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253, sources say Awlaki and suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had communications. And Abdulmutallab told federal investigators that he met face to face with Awlaki in Yemen as part of his indoctrination.”